Structured flexibility is my favorite phrase to describe what homeschooling a child with ADHD should look like!
What is Structured Flexibility?
• Gives child a framework to work within (structure)
• Allows for changes, when necessary (flexibility)
Why is Structured Flexibility Important?
• They need structure to stay on task
• They need flexibility to learn to re-adjust when things don't go as planned
The structure helps them learn how to plan. It helps them understand what is expected of them. It allows them to see where they’re at now, where they’re headed, and how they’re going to get there. It gives them a framework that creates a sense of comfort and balance in their lives.
But if the structure is too rigid and doesn’t allow for flexibility, it will, instead, become a huge burden to your child (and to you). This leads to frustration, overwhelm, and a feeling of failure. If your kid thinks she can’t ever keep up, she’s going to give up. What’s the point of trying if she never feels successful?
Flexibility provides grace. It allows your child to have a bad day without it making her feel like she’s behind for the rest of the school year. It gives her the opportunity to spend a little more time on the concepts that are more difficult for her…or, better yet, on something she finds out she’s really good at and enjoys doing (hyperfocus, anyone?).
So, how do you maintain structured flexibility?
Create Habits and Routines-Not Strict Schedules
Create a manageable flow to your day. Focus on one behavior at a time until it naturally becomes a part of your daily routine. Then, move on to the next thing.
Encourage your child to:
• Use a checklist
• Take regular breaks
• Use timers
• Eat at regular intervals
• Exercise each day
• Get outside
• Make time for non-academic interests
Routines give structure but allow for individualized pacing.
Remember: Your homeschool day doesn't have to look like a traditional school day!
As homeschooling parents, we’re not bound by the same restraints as traditional schools. Therefore, we can make individualized choices according to our child’s needs.
• Do most difficult subjects when child is most focused
• Allow choices (especially with older kids)
• Try block scheduling (works well for hyperfocus)
• Slow down & speed up according to child's needs
One of the things I love most about homeschooling is not having to be on someone else’s schedule. The freedom that can be found in that is priceless!
Now, I’m so excited to tell you about my favorite homeschool organizational tool that will change your life by easily incorporating structured flexibility into your homeschool!
Homeschool Planet-Your New Best Friend
Homeschool Planet is an online tool that helps you manage your homeschool and your life.
• Easily set up assignments for the whole year
• Download lesson plans from many popular curriculum providers and add them to your plan in just a few clicks
• Automatically adjust when things don't go as planned
• Each family member can have their own sign-in to see their assignments and check them off as they go
• Easily generate grade reports and transcripts
• Keep up with all life's tasks, appointments, etc.
I’ve been using Homeschool Planet since it first came out in 2013. It’s the one thing in our homeschool that we have used consistently year after year, and I would not want to homeschool without it.
My oldest son, who has ADHD, has continued to use Homeschool Planet on his own throughout his college years to help him keep up with all of his assignments each semester and stay on track.
It’s an incredible tool that I recommend to all homeschool parents!
Because I love Homeschool Planet so much, I requested a special deal for my ADHD Homeschooling Starter Course students, and they said YES!
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This gives you the opportunity to try it out for two whole months and really get to see how it could change your life for the better!
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Day 4 Assignment
Sign up for your exclusive FREE 60-day trial of Homeschool Planet and start planning!
The FREE 60-day trial is only available when you click on my link and use the code: JOYOUSJOURNEY
If you have any questions, post them in the Facebook group with the topic #structuredflexibility.
Tomorrow, we’ll wrap things up on Day 5 by discussing how the whole family is affected when you are homeschooling a child with ADHD.
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